Susan Yu recently won 2 back-to-back jury trials, one criminal and one civil. The most recent trial was a federal mortgage fraud case in March 2015. Ms. Yu won a Not Guilty verdict for her client, a real estate agent, on 16 counts of mortgage fraud in the United States District Court, Central District. Ms. Yu won a Hung verdict (8-4 not guilty) on the one remaining count, which was dismissed with prejudice. The Indictment filed by the United States Attorneys’ Office charged her client, along with 7 other co-defendants, with wire fraud, bank fraud, and false statements to FDIC banks. 5 co-defendants pleaded guilty. Ms. Yu’s client pleaded not guilty and went to trial. Approximately 200 witnesses and over 120,000 pages of documentary evidence were involved. The FBI investigated this case for nearly 5 years. During trial, Ms. Yu’s cross-examination of the lead FBI agent, who was caught lying on the stand about witness recordings, became the focal point of the front page news on the Los Angeles Daily Journal entitled “Recordings Expected in Modern Prosecutions.” The credibility of the FBI agent was destroyed, which many trial observers believed resulted in a Not Guilty verdict.
The second most recent trial was a civil sexual assault case in January 2015 at the Los Angeles County Superior Court. After a 5-week trial and 3 days of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Ms. Yu’s client, an international businessman, as follows: sexual battery (12-0 unanimous verdict); battery (12-0 unanimous verdict); assault (12-0 unanimous verdict); false imprisonment (12-0 unanimous verdict); intentional infliction of emotional distress (12-0 unanimous verdict), and negligent infliction of emotional distress (9-3 verdict with 50% liability assigned to accuser). This was a very complex case involving extensive domestic sting operations, international undercover investigations, DNA, forensic, and toxicology evidence, mental examinations and related “psychological damages,” medical evaluations and various expert testimony on a wide-range of issues. Before trial, Ms. Yu demanded the accusers to drop the case under C.C.P. Section 998. Since they lost the trial, the accusers will be held liable to Ms. Yu’s client for all the costs he incurred. “California Fellow Susan Yu Successfully Defends International Businessman Against Sexual Assault Accusations”
In April 2014, Susan Yu obtained a Dismissal of 9 felony counts in a complex white-collar criminal case for a prominent family member of a corporate giant who was a victim of criminal threats. The case involved extensive international undercover investigations.
In March 2014, Susan Yu obtained a Dismissal of 4 felony counts in a complex “three strike” drug offense case for a client with military school background, falsely accused of the crimes he did not commit. The case involved questions of constitutional violations (substantive and due process) and extensive intra-state undercover investigations.